MLB Proposal Would Replace AL, NL With Cactus, Grapefruit Leagues

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Major League Baseball is reportedly weighing a proposal to realign its divisions if the season is allowed to begin amid the coronavirus crisis.

The traditional American and National leagues -- and their three divisions each -- would be scrapped under the plan, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, and would be replaced by two leagues, with one in both Arizona and Florida.

The plan is essentially modeled on MLB's Spring Training schedule, where teams in those two states play each other throughout February and March in preparation for the regular season. Teams would be assigned to the league where their spring complexes are located.

Both leagues would likely adopt the designated hitter under the proposal, the report said.

Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, now an executive with the Angels, was briefed on the plan, and said he supports the creative proposal and others like it, according to Nightengale.

“When you’re trying to get really creative, why say no now? So, you have a unique season. I’ve got no problem with that."

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